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>> pelley: tonight as the republican convention opens here in tampa, a hurricane threatens new orleans. isaac could hit within hours. reports from byron pitts, david bernard and mark strassman. the republicans nominate mitt romney for president. bob scheiffer and norah o'donnell will cover it. bill whitaker on homeowners underwater and looking to the candidates for a life line. >> here we are five years later. the end is not in sight. >> pelley: and we'll talk to ann romney about the personal challenges the romney family has faced. >> what do you mean dark times? captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley reporting tonight from the republican national convention. >> pelley: good evening. it is a night of two big stories. moments ago, republicans nominated mitt romney as their candidate for president. but while delegates were counting the votes, six million people on the gulf coast were counting the hours before hurricane isaac makes land fall. romney's six-year quest for the nomination came to a successful end with the votes cast by the delegation from new jersey. >> the garden state, the proud home of tonight's keynote address given by governor chris christie. ( applause ) proudly casts all 50 of its votes for the next president of the united states governor mitt romney. ( cheers and applause ) >> pelley: and then the delegates nominated by acola maition congressman paul ryan of wisconsin as the republican vice president shall candidate. more from the convention in just a moment. but here's the latest on isaac.
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it became a category one hurricane today with winds of 80 miles an hour. the eye is 100 miles southeast of new orleans. land fall is expected in the predawn hours in the vicinity of grand isle, louisiana. the wind and the water will come long before the eye crosses shore. in louisiana and mississippi, warnings are up saying that hurricane conditions are expected at any moment. covering the storm are byron pitts, david bernard and mark strassman. first we'll go to byron in new orleans. byron? >> well, scott, we're standing along canal street in downtown new orleans. the wind and rain have picked up. the city is under a tornado watch at this hour. the worst of isaac still hours away. by lunchtime, new orleans got its first taste of isaac. tracking... eye tracting the cure use and demonstrating the first signs of a small army
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ready to respond. 680 national guardsmen in the city. another 3500 positioned near and along louisiana's gulf coast. new orleans mayor mitch landrieu. >> so we are officially in the fight. the city of new orleans is on the front lines >> reporter: forecasters show isaac hitting at a category one. forecasters are preparing as if it's a a category 5. for the first time since it was built after katrina, the locals call it the great wall, was closed today. this two-mile long 26-foot barrier is normally kept open. the gates were shut to guard against a storm surge that could flood parts of saint bernier add parish, new orleans east, and the lower ninth ward. while the city is protected by this newly reinforced 14.6 billion dollar levy system, much of this region will have to do it the old-fashioned way: sweat, sandbags and levy walls made of dirt and grass. >> we'd be able to put these in
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the river right up the road. >> reporter: regardless of isaac's strength severe flooding is guaranteed again. a levy failure likely. the low-lying parishes like yours outside the city are in real jeopardy, yes? >> absolutely. katrina first came across plag plaguemines parish >> reporter: i've been to a few hairdressers in my life but never in a shelter before. it's why some 300 people showed up in the shelter in belle chasse the moment it open. these two people met at volunteers as a shelter during katrina seven years ago. tonight they need help. >> up north they say, well, call me if you need help. down here they say when are you going to do it? i mean,... >> reporter: that's why you stay. the government resources have shown up in positions outside
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the hurricane zones. 1.3 million meals ready to eat. 1.4 million bottles of water and 17,000 carts. scott, we've been told seven states have put their urban rescue teams on standby just in case. >> pelley: byron, thank you. david bernard is the chief meteorologist at cbs miami station wfor and our cbs news hurricane consultant. david, what can you tell us at this point? >> we can see from byron's report those tropical storm conditions are spreading not only across the new orleans area, scott, but all across the gulf coast and the mississippi and also in to alabama. the latest advisory from the hurricane center has this as an 80 miles per hour storm about 100 miles southeast of new orleans. it's going to slowly move across the state tomorrow, tomorrow night and then also into thursday afternoon. it's going to be a real slow mover. >> pelley: a lot of people don't
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remember, but seven years ago tomorrow, the eye of katrina actually crossed in mississippi. and there 90% of the homes on the coast were damaged. but mark strassman found out today that a lot of the buildings there are still not up to code. mark's in gulfport tonight. mark? >> scott, mississippi's coast faces isaac's northeast quadrant, any hurricane's most powerful side, where the highest winds fuel the storm surge. also potentially worrisome, this state's building codes are largely unchanged since katrina. in this 2005 surveillance video 24 feet of katrina's storm surge charged into the beau rivage casino in biloxi. rebuilding the devastated resort cost $550 million. custom-built flood gates now act at a dam at every entrance >> it's all aluminum reporter: eric newton directs security at the 1700-room resort which closed today for the first
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time since katrina. how many feet of water? >> we're good up to four feet of water here which is about 10 feet above sea level. >> reporter: this is an important line of defense >> absolutely reporter: but these flood gates have never been tested by a hurricane here. the building codes of 18 hurricane-prone states from texas to maine were rated last month by the insurance institute for building and home safety. florida scored 95 out of 100. louisiana 73. alabama 18. mississippi scored the lowest, a four. despite katrina's devastation here, this group's report says mississippi has no statewide building code, no mandatory enforcement, and no requirement for building inspectors. scott, all of that could be put to the test here again in the next 24 hours. >> pelley: mark, thank you. now back to the republican national convention. tonight there will be speeches by mitt romney's wife ann and new jersey governor chris
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christie. and a new cbs news poll shows tonight that the race for president is essentially tied as it has been. president obama leads mitt romney by a single point. 46% to 45, well within the poll's margin of error. our convention team includes bob scheiffer, norah o'donnell and women whitaker. first we're going to go to norah, cohost of cbs this morning. norah, half a billion dollars has been spent on negative advertising and the tie is still unbroken >> that's exactly right. that's why mitt romney's advisors say this convention is so critical. they need this moment to try and change the dynamics of this race. we're going to hear from ann romney tonight. she already was here having some practice at the podium. she says she wrote this speech herself. she says it's going to be heart felt. she's going to talk about her husband of 43 years, the father of five sons, the grandfather of 18 grand kids. her job is to bolster mitt
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romney's likability not just with those who know him but the nearly third of americans who say in our cbs news poll today that they just don't know enough about mitt romney. in her speech she will say tonight this is the man who will wake up everyday with the determination to solve the problems that others say can't be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. now while ann romney tonight will handle the personal, the political will be handled by new jersey governor chris christie. he is the keynote speaker tonight. i actually spoke with governor christy earlier. he said the biggest challenge for romney is for people to get to know him and trust him. that's the threshold, the trust part. i also spoke with the campaign advisor who said his speech tonight will be big, bold, and blunt. would we expect anything less from governor christy? >> pelley: a very dynamic speaker, likely to be entertaining. norah, thank you very much. there was something else that caught our eye in our new poll.
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when we asked voters which wand date would do a better of job of helping the middle class they gave the president an eight-point edge, 50% to 42. but when we asked who would do a better job fixing the economy, romney has a 14-point lead. 52 to 38. bob scheiffer is our chief washington correspondent. the anchor of "face nation." bob, how do you explain that? >> schieffer: i think what this really suggests is the voters respect governor romney as a businessman and his ability to fix things. but he still does not connect with people in the way that barack obama does. this is part of the challenge he's had from the beginning, to find a way to get people to basically like him more. you know, that's very important in american politics. voting for the person you like may not be the best reason. but it's generally the candidate that americans do vote for. i mean, you have to look back, i would say, all the way back to
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1968 to find someone who won but was the least liked candidate. that was richard nixon. running against a democratic candidate who was, you know, had a party that was deeply divided. >> pelley: our new poll shows that mitt romney is ten points behind the president in women. what is the ann romney speech need to do tonight >> schieffer: she's going to talk about... i asked some of the romney people today, what is she going to talk about? they said she's going to talk about love. she's going to talk about the guy she loves. she's going to talk about mitt romney, the husband, the parent, the guy who has always been there. this is a very, very important speech. he, i think, just simply has to do better among women if he's going to win this election. a lot of pressure on ann romney tonight. but i think she's the best advocate he has. >> pelley: bob, thanks very much schieffer: you bet pelley: our cbs news prime
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of a turn-around recently. and a report out today says that home prices in june were half a percent higher than in june of 2011. that's the first year-over-year increase in nearly two years. still a lot of americans are struggling to hold on to their homes. bill whitaker is on the convention floor with the republican delegates from nevada. bill? >> reporter: scott, nevada is a battle ground state. even now two-thirds of las vegas homeowners are underwater. leaving many of them angry and frustrated. >> come back here. reporter: dave and sheryl burton worked hard to buy their las vegas dream house in 2007. the perfect place to raise their children, max and chase. >> as soon as we moved in, the market tanked. >> reporter: the house they bought for $700,000 now is valued at $325,000. >> when the market tanked, our mind set was put your nose to the grind stone, keep working hard and it will turn around. well here we are five years
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later and the end is is not in sight. >> reporter: they can't refinance because they're underwater. and their bank wouldn't consider reducing their $680,000 loan. you'll be paying that large sum for a house that will never be worth that >> you're exactly right. seems kind of foolish, doesn't it >> reporter: during the boom years las vegas kept spreading into the desert. this gambling town betting it would keep growing and prices would keep rising. well, like cities athe country, las vegas lost that bet. home prices here have dropped more than 61% from the peak in 2006. president barack obama's federal mortgage relief program have helped 3.4 million homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance. he wants to expand that to 3.5 million homeowners with mortgages guaranteed by private banks. >> if you're ineligible for refinancing just because you're underwater on your mortgage, through no fault of your own, this plan changes that.
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>> reporter: it will cost the government $4 billion to back the refinanced mortgages. that has met stiff resistance in congress. governor mitt romney advocates a different approach: get government out of the way and let the market work, he told the las vegas review journal last year. >> don't try and stop the foreclosure process. let it run its course and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy homes, put renters in them >> reporter: when we asked the romney campaign for more details they directedded us to this statement from a speech last month. >> and the best thing i can do is to get people good jobs with rising incomes so we can buy homes again. >> reporter: time has... in austin, houston and washington d.c. but it's going to be years if ever for homes in las vegas to recover their value. the burtons say they don't know who to vote for in november. >> we've done everything right. stellar credit. work hard. where is our bailout? once again, we as americans, we're kind of forced to vote for the person who is going to do the least amount of damage.
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>> reporter: government help or no government help? when it comes to the housing crisis, voters have a clear choice, scott. but as the burtons know, it's not an easy one. >> pelley: bill, thank you. now, this may look like nevada but it is really some place very far away. we'll get a new look at mars when we come back. and her with my dr it's been pretty tough since jack passed away. it's a good thing you had life insurance through the colonial penn program. you're right. it was affordable, and we were guaranteed acceptance. guaranteed acceptance? it means you can't be turned down because of your health. you don't have to take a physical or answer any health questions. well, how do you know? did you speak to alex trebek? because i have a policy myself. it costs just $9.95 a month per unit. it's perfect for my budget.
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>> pelley: syrians are desperately trying to flee the civil war there. the united nations said today that 10,000 refugees crossedded into jordan last week. twice as many as the week before. here's what they're running from. this video was shot in the northern city of idlib just after syrian government warplanes bombed a residential neighborhood. the u.n. estimates 18,000 syrians have died. since the assad dictatorship set out to crush a popular uprising. it's been eight years since palestinian leader yasser arafat died in paris at the age of 75. at the time doctors said a stroke killed him. but today french prosecutors opened an inquiry to find out whether he was murdered. a lab recently discovered traces of polonium, a radioactive substance, on his clothing. investigators may have arafat's remains ex-you'lled. the latest pictures from mars remind us a lot of america's southwest. have a look at this.
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>> pelley: in her address tonight, ann romney will tell the republican convention that she read somewhere that she has a story book marriage, but she'll say that the story book she read never had chapters about m.s. or breast cancer. on the eve of the convention, we sat down with mrs. romney and asked her about the challenges she's faced, battling illness and raising five sons. mrs. romney, you have had several trials in your life. you are dealing with multiple sclerosis, you are a breast cancer survivor. at one point you had a miscarriage and lost a child. i wonder how these events have shaped your relationship and shaped your family.
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>> well, they've had a huge impact on our family. but in a very more significant way they've made our relationship, i think, even deeper and more profound. i've grown to trust this man more as i've gone through these trials. i have unwaiverring faith in his willingness to standby me in those really really dark hours. to be there me and just help me through, help me through really some dark times >> pelley: what do you mean dark times? >> having breast cancer wasn't easy. having lost, you know, i've had several miscarriages actually but having multiple sclerosis was a very, very hard time in my life because i was a very capable, very active person. all of a sudden the rug is pulled out from underneath you. i'm unable to do hardly anything. hardly even take care of myself. that does something to you
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psychologically. you lose your confidence. i became quite depressed. i thought life was pretty bleak for me for a while. it was mitt that reminded me that life isn't always easy. then oddly enough, i then gained sphrent from that and started to battle the disease instead of being defeated by it >> pelley: i want to show you this to you. i don't know if you've heard about this yet. but the president is starting a tour called the romney-ryan wrong for women tour. that's the logo. >> oh, boy. (laughing) >> pelley: but a look of women look at the republican platform on abortion, contraception, a number of issues and ask the question whether republicans have women's best interests at heart >> you know, i think if you really want to understand what is is going to be important for
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their families and for their future for their children, then you will very seriously consider how important it is that you have someone that is going to be very aware of how significant that job will be for that child that is coming out of college, that there will be better opportunities, better employment and better economic security. so i am convinced if women really take this seriously we will very seriously consider voting for mitt. that's what i'm hearing when i'm out there. i am hearing the passion from women about the economy >> pelley: ann romney, woman of the hour at the convention tonight. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. bob scheiffer and i will be back at 10:00 eastern time with live coverage of the republican national convention. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, i'm scott pelley in tampa. see you again soon.
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this is 9news now. >> tonight, the outer bands of the now hurricane isaac are pounding the gulf coast with rain and the strong winds. but folks, this is just the beginning. topper is keeping an eye on the track of isaac with the latest on where it's headed. top. >> it is a category one hurricane. winds are 80 miles per hour. sustained winds are 80 miles per hour. as derek mentioned, much of the gulf coast getting hit with tropical storm force winds and heavy rain. it is essentially the center at the mouth of the mississippi or it is about 90 or 80 miles south, southeast of new orleans. but you can see the bands of rain have been pounding mississippi coast, alabama coast, a little bit of the

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